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Old 10-02-2005, 07:08 PM
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Question hiem joint / rod end plating

I can't seem to find anywhere that sells chrome plated rod ends or polished ones. It's the last thing on my street rod that isn't polished or plated. I have the natural metal ones but would like to know if they can be chromed without damaging the ball end for movement. These rod ends are for my front sway bar. Can anyone give me a website that may have what I'm looking for. Thank you.

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Old 10-02-2005, 07:32 PM
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Give speedwaymotors.com a try..Other than that I don't have a clue..

There maybe a chrome shop that would try to chrome those but you would need to find a take apart rebuildable style rod end as the chroming process may damage the rod ends..

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Old 10-02-2005, 07:35 PM
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Have you tried So-Cal or The Duece Factory? I think they have them . best I remember.
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I will certainly try anything.
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A quick google search turned up these:
http://www.midwestcontrol.com/catdis...ort.php?pg=136

You could also look into Aurora's RAM series (like a RAM-8 for a 1/2" rod end). The Aurora ones will be a lot stronger then those ones I linked to but I can't give you a link for them (looked it up in a catalog).
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Ok thanks everyone I found out you can plate the hiem joints and it does not hurt the seal or movement of the rod end. I was given the wrong information from a rookie employee and this time talked to the owner. He does them all the time.
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Like was mentioned in your other post. Make sure they are taking care of the hydrogen embrittlement problem. A broken rod end killed a friend of mine a few years ago... I myself would never have a heim or rod end plated.
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Mark thanks for the heads up but the rod ends are only for my front sway bar and they really don't have a lot of strain on them. The plating is only cosmetic.
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